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  1. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Animals as Leaders, mostly. It's good focused-work music. One song that sticks out as my favorite is The Brain Dance, and especially the bit that starts after ~1:53 is fantastic.

    Animals as Leaders, mostly. It's good focused-work music.
    One song that sticks out as my favorite is The Brain Dance, and especially the bit that starts after ~1:53 is fantastic.

    3 votes
  2. Comment on Introducing a new Twitter.com - a refreshed and updated website in ~tech

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    Why are interface redesigns always forced upon users? An opt-in/out system would be nice.

    Why are interface redesigns always forced upon users? An opt-in/out system would be nice.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on This house was built using 600,000 recycled plastic bottles in ~enviro

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    In the past l have worked for a company that made similar products from (economically) unrecyclable plastic waste blends, mostly polypropylene and polyethylene. One of the major problems with that...

    In the past l have worked for a company that made similar products from (economically) unrecyclable plastic waste blends, mostly polypropylene and polyethylene. One of the major problems with that material is creep under stress, which varies greatly depending on temperature.

    Wood generally bends a bit under stress, but stops at a certain point. Plastic like this is more like taffy; it bends, and never stops bending, just slows down. The problem lies in that this is a slow (but not unnoticeably slow) process, where things look alright at first but slump or deform too much in two weeks time. Especially if you build it in, say, 10C climate and temperatures rise to 25C in a month, the E-value for bending pretty much just halves. Dark colored plastic gets even hotter (up to 70°C) and loses most of it's strength.

    l worked on a project related to using the material for construction and found that small scale construction without heavy loads is fine, but anything larger needs a steel/wooden support structure.

    I hope they took this in consideration, since the "machine maxed out", sure, but how long did it run that test? What is the deformation under standard conditions except with a higher temperature?

    9 votes
  4. Comment on What games have you been playing lately? in ~games

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    Modded Minecraft. I've been playing this game from the start, and ditched the Vanilla experience somewhere along the way in favor of the depth of modpacks. I really like designing complex systems...

    Modded Minecraft.

    I've been playing this game from the start, and ditched the Vanilla experience somewhere along the way in favor of the depth of modpacks. I really like designing complex systems while also just building things and having fun with friends. Modded Minecraft is pretty much applied ADHD where there is so much to do that everyone continuously forgets what they were doing, and, worse, why.

    The Modded Minecraft scene is one of the highest-quality modding communities I've ever seen, where community content frequently surpasses base game quality in terms of content, design, creativity, polish and support. It's a wholly different game at this point, forever interesting. Since it's still very active there's always something new to try on every playthrough. Best €10,- I've ever spent.

    It's not just gameplay though; I've been messing around with shader code over the past few days and ingame code through computer blocks that run on Lua.
    It's a really creative game, and the mods invite you to be even more creative. I've made mod textures in the past, which has lead to me discovering that graphics design and creating systems is something I like, which has led to an education path change, due to which I'm now doing a product design course. I'm convinced that the playtime I've had over the years has somehow contributed to that, so that's nice I guess.

    Still want to learn how to make mods sometime, but I'd have to tackle Java first. I know non-OOP C and Lua, so the OOP part of that may be a bit difficult, but I'lll manage.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Amazon Seeks Permission to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites in ~tech

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    Interesting how there's not a single mention of SpaceX's similar endeavor.

    Interesting how there's not a single mention of SpaceX's similar endeavor.

    8 votes
  6. Comment on A giant heat dome over Alaska is set to threaten all-time temperature records in ~enviro

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    I live in the Netherlands, halfway between poles and equator. We've been having drought issues in the last few years. At this point that may result in failed harvests since there's just not enough...

    I live in the Netherlands, halfway between poles and equator. We've been having drought issues in the last few years. At this point that may result in failed harvests since there's just not enough rain.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on A giant heat dome over Alaska is set to threaten all-time temperature records in ~enviro

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    Is it just a coincidence or is the warming going really fast in the past few years?

    Is it just a coincidence or is the warming going really fast in the past few years?

    4 votes
  8. Comment on Inside Starshot, the audacious plan to shoot tiny ships to Alpha Centauri in ~tech

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    So many pictures in that article that aren't adding anything. A stack of oscilloscopes and multimeters? Cool. Ooh, mirrors! Look, I'm holding a soldering helper stand with some wires clipped on....

    So many pictures in that article that aren't adding anything. A stack of oscilloscopes and multimeters? Cool. Ooh, mirrors! Look, I'm holding a soldering helper stand with some wires clipped on.

    Looks interesting but adds nothing.

    Similarly, I like how at the beginning of the article, they state:

    Many of the schemes put forward are too vague, and they almost always have too many technological gaps to fill.

    Later on, there's this:

    As we walk through the labs, he is quick to acknowledge that Starshot still faces a lot of challenges. There is, for example, no laser yet powerful enough to do this kind of blasting. There are no light sails that could take such a beam without being obliterated. There are no less-than-gram-size spacecraft to make the journey, and questions about laser supply and laser location remain.

    So it's a different project, but still none of the requirements for it to work are met. It's just an idea at this point, like the other things mentioned before.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Having issues setting goals and sticking with them? I’m working on a solution in ~tech

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    I'll make sure to postpone the update forever until its popups get too annoying.

    I'll make sure to postpone the update forever until its popups get too annoying.

  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    All of Rammstein, leading up to one of their stadium concerts a few days ago. Which was nothing short of amazing. If you get a chance to see them live, do it! l don't think l've ever seen a show...

    All of Rammstein, leading up to one of their stadium concerts a few days ago. Which was nothing short of amazing. If you get a chance to see them live, do it! l don't think l've ever seen a show as spectacular as that before and l also don't think l'll see something like it ever again.

    Still listening that as well as some Mistur, a Windir / Immortal / Moonsorrow / Insomnium-like metal band. Long stretches of guitars and very atmospheric.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Has there been any discussion about not allowing offensive usernames? in ~tildes

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    oh my god you just ruined my username for me

    oh my god you just ruined my username for me

    12 votes
  12. Comment on Has there been any discussion about not allowing offensive usernames? in ~tildes

    asoftbird Link
    Ironically it's you posting this. Not that it's offensive, but 'suspended' may be confusing if you're new here and not sure what's going on ;P

    Ironically it's you posting this. Not that it's offensive, but 'suspended' may be confusing if you're new here and not sure what's going on ;P

    8 votes
  13. Comment on What is a scam that people should know about? in ~life

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    Promising something impossible isn't enough of a dead giveaway?

    pulling yourself up by your bootstraps

    Promising something impossible isn't enough of a dead giveaway?

    6 votes
  14. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    10hz to somewhere up in the 40k range l think. No idea about higher frequencies and their effect on vibrations, but l know low frequencies can be felt.

    10hz to somewhere up in the 40k range l think. No idea about higher frequencies and their effect on vibrations, but l know low frequencies can be felt.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Personally, l feel the lower inaudible sounds still add to the feeling of listening music; not because you can hear them but because they still make the air vibrate noticeably, as well as vibrate...

    Personally, l feel the lower inaudible sounds still add to the feeling of listening music; not because you can hear them but because they still make the air vibrate noticeably, as well as vibrate your furniture through contact noise. It's usually subtle but it adds a whole new dimension to listening music.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Please Recommend Me A Video Game in ~games

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    Regarding Cities:Skylines: try Simcity 4. It's a little dated at 16 years old but it's still a good game and the best of the series imo. It's modding community is still very active and has a very...

    Regarding Cities:Skylines: try Simcity 4. It's a little dated at 16 years old but it's still a good game and the best of the series imo. It's modding community is still very active and has a very broad selection of addons.

  17. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    King Gizzard's Polygondwanaland. Really good album, wacky and weird, like how progrock should be. Favorite songs are Crumbling Castle and Inner Cell. It's an album that was released fully open...

    King Gizzard's Polygondwanaland. Really good album, wacky and weird, like how progrock should be.

    Favorite songs are Crumbling Castle and Inner Cell.

    It's an album that was released fully open source, so you can just download all the masters off of their website, and they also have vinyl masters for free which allows record labels to press vinyl records of it, so l got once of those.

    Quality is amazing which makes it one of my favorite records.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on DJI’s newest drone is a $499 tank meant to teach kids how to code in ~tech

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    It's about algorithmic thinking mostly, not about whether to use a byte or an int (which doesn't really matter on programmable chips like Arduino until you start making really large programs).

    It's about algorithmic thinking mostly, not about whether to use a byte or an int (which doesn't really matter on programmable chips like Arduino until you start making really large programs).

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What is your favorite Wikipedia page? in ~talk

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    On a similar note, the McCollough Effect. It's an optical illusion with the special property that it can last months on end. You'll see green and pink colors (that aren't actually there) between...

    On a similar note, the McCollough Effect.

    It's an optical illusion with the special property that it can last months on end. You'll see green and pink colors (that aren't actually there) between black and white lines. I've tried it and still noticed the effects 8 months after.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on The number of votes on comments is no longer visible (for the next week) in ~tildes.official

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    for anxiety reasons, not getting validation makes me feel really bad because l might be wrong or because am l being ignored? or did l say something wrong? l could just be talking to a wall until l...

    for anxiety reasons, not getting validation makes me feel really bad because l might be wrong or because am l being ignored? or did l say something wrong?

    l could just be talking to a wall until l get a reply, as alyaza mentioned below.

    5 votes